The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal

MAY 2015

The 2012 edition of The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal features medically reviewed, reader-friendly articles such as tanning, the increasing incidence of skin cancer diagnoses among young women, & the prevalence of melanoma among white males over 50.

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THE IMMUNE REVOLUTION | Perry Robins, MD, and Maritza Perez, MD The words "revolution" and "revolutionary" are often overused today. "It's a revolution in dinnerware!" "The revolutionary new brine that makes sour pickles even sourer!" You see our point? However, in the field of melanoma treatment, there are no better terms to describe the new generation of immunother - apies, drugs that boost the immune system's ability to fight disease. Led by a series of recently FDA-ap- proved "checkpoint blockade" drugs, they are for the first time allowing patients with advanced, metastatic melanoma, who once had very little hope, a legitimate chance of long-term survival. 76 For the latest information and updates go to: A NEW GENERATION OF IMMUNOTHERAPIES FOR MElANOMA Above: Human skin cancer cell. (Scanning electron micrograph)

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